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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Living the Light: Robby Müller

2018, Claire Pijman, Netherlands/Germany, 86 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 13th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 16th 6:00pm

“Functions both as a tribute and as the final lesson of a master.”—Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Impressive…revealing a person who viewed, quite literally, everything through a lens.”—Christian Gallichio, The Playlist

Revered Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller (PARIS, TEXAS; THE AMERICAN FRIEND; DEAD MAN; DANCER IN THE DARK) is profiled in this diary-like documentary based largely on his own visual material. Known for an evocative use of natural light that has invited comparisons with Vermeer and Edward Hopper, Müller was as obsessive in recording images from his private life as he was on set for directors including Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier, and Peter Handke. Director Pijman, a cinematographer herself, had extensive access to Müller’s home movies, film sketches, video diaries, and Polaroids prior to his 2018 death, in order to create this one-of-a-kind mosaic of images from a life and career that merged through the camera eye. Interviews include Wenders, Jarmusch, von Trier, and more, with generous and wide-ranging film clips from many of the seventy films for which Müller was director of photography. Guitar score by Jarmusch and Carter Logan. In English, German, Dutch, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Wide House. (BS)

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